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Practice Five Training Camp Notebook: Andrew Luck, Duron Carter Stand Out On Friday

Intro: Friday, August 5 was the fifth practice day of Training Camp. The next practice for public viewing is Saturday from 1:55 to 4:40 p.m. The Colts are training in Anderson through Saturday, August 15.

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ANDERSON – After a mandatory day off from the field, the Colts returned to practice on Friday afternoon.

A perfect day in Anderson University greeted the Colts as they strapped on the full pads for the second time in camp.

What were the takeaways from the Colts fifth day on the practice field in Anderson?PRACTICE TAKEAWAYS

  1. Duron Carter was the clear cut highlight of Friday's afternoon practice. Pep Hamilton talked earlier this week about Carter making at least one "wow" play every practice. On Friday, Carter had several such plays.

Carter and Matt Hasselbeck connected on four red-zone touchdowns. The former Canadian Football Leaguer did a tremendous job going up and getting the football on Friday, including a play where he took a potential interception away from cornerback Chance Casey. From an individual standpoint, Carter's Friday might be the best day we've seen from a Colts player after a week in Anderson.

  1. Red-zone work was the focus of Friday's afternoon practice. It was also a "bounce back" day for Andrew Luck. The Colts quarterback was nearly flawless all afternoon, after a three-interception night on Wednesday.

Luck had one stretch of four touchdowns in five pass attempts during red-zone work. He found tight windows for scores to Coby Fleener and Andre Johnson during that stretch.

  1. The defensive highlight from Friday came in the early going when Jerrell Freeman made his presence felt. With the players in shoulder pads on Friday, Freeman laid a thump on running back Frank Gore.

That brought plenty of chatter from the defensive side of the ball. Freeman is adamant that he's fully healthy this camp, after he battled injuries all throughout 2014.

OTHER PRACTICE MUSINGS

  • When Carter has a day like he did on Friday, the afternoon for Coby Fleener gets a bit overshadowed. Fleener was a key red-zone target though with a couple of touchdowns. With all the wide receiver talent on the roster, you almost forget about the weapon Fleener is when the field shrinks.
  • The kick return battle will be interesting to watch going forward. Guys like Boom Herron, Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter and Phillip Dorsett all are getting reps back there.
  • We saw the same starting offensive line for a fifth straight day: LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Lance Louis, C-Khaled Holmes, RG-Todd Herremans and RT-Jack Mewhort. We continue to see plenty of rotation though in the lines with Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck working with different combinations.
  • Later on in Friday's practice, rookie safety Clayton Geathers tried to match Freeman with a hit of his own. This one came on Boom Herron. Geathers' reputation is one of a thumper and we saw it a little on Friday.
  • Jack Doyle joined his fellow tight ends in the touchdown department on Friday with a beautiful catch falling back in the end zone from Hasselbeck.

INJURY REPORT/ROSTER MOVES

The following players did not participate in Friday's practice: Robert Mathis (Achilles) and Donald Thomas (quad). Both players are on the PUP list (can be removed from that list at anytime). Inside linebacker Nate Irving (knee) continues to sit out as he recovers from a 2014 ACL surgery. Running back Vick Ballard (hamstring) sat out Friday's practice and remains day-to-day. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was not at practice on Friday due to personal reasons. Running back Josh Robinson (soreness) sat out on Friday. Rookie offensive tackle Denzelle Good left practice with an undisclosed injury.

The Colts today signed undrafted free agent guard Kitt O'Brien and waived guard Ben Heenan after reaching an injury settlement. O'Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, spent the last two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators after playing collegiately at Ball State. Heenan, who the Colts signed in February from the CFL, was carted off during Wednesday's night practice and is expected to miss four-to-six week due to a meniscus injury.PAGANO QUOTEWORTHY

Chuck Pagano on if he's surprised Frank Gore has not wanted a rest day during Training Camp:

"Yeah, uh no. Again, he's a great competitor. He's coming into a new system, and so he's like Andre (Johnson) was in OTAs, he's no different. Those guys, we have to protect them from themselves, but they also need to work because he's not one of those guys who wants any doubt once he gets in the huddle and he gets lined up and he doesn't want to think so he's getting the offense down. He got it down during the offseason, during OTAs and now he's honing it to where he can play extremely fast and not think out there."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY

Vick Ballard on being "day-to-day" with a hamstring injury and if he was initially worried about the severity:

"Nah, not really. There were a couple people on the sidelines that said they were thinking like that. But once I did it, I just kind of laughed it off and said, 'Well, I got a little something else.' When it happened, I knew it wasn't anything major because I've pulled my hamstring before, and it was nothing like that. This right here, it's not even really sore to the touch. It's still a little something, so I want to be as cautious as possible."

TWEET OF THE DAY

YESTERDAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

According to the Colts Media Guide, how long does it take for the retractable roof at Lucas Oil Stadium to open?ANSWER: Per the Colts media guide, it takes 9-11 minutes to open the retractable roof at Lucas Oil Stadium.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUIZ

With Bill Polian being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, the former Colts GM was named Executive of the Year the most of any personnel person in NFL history. How many times was Polian named Executive of the Year?SPOTTED IN CAMP

On Friday, Indiana congressman Luke Messer and his family attended Training Camp in Anderson.

PRACTICE ATTENDANCE: 3,346.  TOTAL FOR CAMP:  22,459WEATHER REPORT

After a rainy Thursday, Friday provided another perfect day of weather in Anderson. Weather looks promising for the next three days, too, with the Colts having afternoon practices each day.

CAMP SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 8 – Armed Forces Day presented by BOSE

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Sunday, August 9 – Community Take Back Day presented by the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Monday, August 10

1:55-4:40 p.m. – Practice

12:30 p.m. – Colts City opens

5:00 p.m. – Colts City closes

Tuesday, August 11

Players' Day Off

Colts City Closed

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